Thanks to a collaborative partnership between the LCPS Head Start program, Doña Ana County Head Start, La Clinica de Familia (LCDF) Early Head Start and Ngage New Mexico, buses throughout Las Cruces are now featuring advertisements touting the variety of free support services offered through all three community Head Start programs.

Head Start Bus

Head Start Bus Campaign

“This is part of an ongoing effort to work collaboratively with the other Head Start programs in the county,” said LCPS Head Start Director Dr. Maria Artiaga. “Not everyone realizes all the support services Head Start has to offer. Last school year alone, our program served 465 children, providing educational instruction, health and nutrition services, disability services, counseling, parent engagement services, and activities.”

As part of the campaign, one city bus will feature a large vehicle graphic promoting the Head Start programs from June to December, and a total of 15 city buses will feature interior posters highlighting the programs from June 2017 to March 2018. The campaign was made possible with support from Ngage New Mexico.

In addition to the campaign, the LCDF and the LCPS Head Start programs also recently hosted a recruiting fair in May. Artiaga mentioned all three organizations are exploring ways to collaborate on future recruiting efforts.

“Our program is funded for 413 children and there are still openings available in the program for the 2017-2018 school year,” Artiaga said.

Head Start is an optional early childhood program, funded by the federal government, which provides educational and support services to children and families who fall within federal poverty guidelines. The LCPS Head Start program is available at the following 12 LCPS elementary schools:  Booker T. Washington, César E. Chávez, Columbia, Conlee, Doña Ana, Hermosa Heights, Loma Heights, MacArthur, Mesilla Park, Tombaugh, University Hills and Valley View.

Formerly headquartered at Valley View Elementary, the program has since moved to Booker T. Washington Elementary School.

For more information, contact Artiaga at (575) 527-6020 or martiaga@lcps.net or visit www.lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/instruction/federal-programs/head-start/.